Person of Interest: HIITing the Gym with Sha-ron D.

If you need some inspiration or a muse to stay fit in 2018, get to know Sha-ron D. from our Sales & Marketing office. With his dedicated workout regimen, he is an example of what dedication and effort can do for your body.

Back in 2010, Sha-ron took a look in the mirror and decided that he was going to change his overweight lifestyle by getting a personal trainer. The work was arduous: burpees, mountain climbers, running 5Ks, squats with weights. And he’s never looked back.

“I always was the fat kid growing up, so I knew I had to do something,” he said. “But the change didn’t take place until I made up in my mind that I wanted to do it.”

And with that mindset, Sha-ron has overcome one of the hardest aspects of staying fit: commitment. Now that we’re a month into a new year, many get-fit resolutions will soon start to die off for various reasons.

But for those who need encouragement and advice to stick with it, Sha-ron is happy to offer some motivation.

“Go at your own pace when you first get started,” he said. “It’s not a race – you have to do things on your own schedule. Don’t get discouraged when you see somebody else succeeding ahead of you. It’s all baby steps. But you have to get in there and do it.”

Sha-ron’s mantra.

Sha-ron keeps a regular gym schedule – four to five days per week – lifting weights, performing various strength and conditioning exercises, high-intensity interval training and more. He makes sure to involve both weights and cardio, which is the key to burning more fat. Sha-ron’s goal is to work several muscle groups and keep the body guessing.

“But I always do my research,” he said of his exercises. “I build some of my workout routines, but I also watch a lot of YouTube videos and customize my own from there. I have a whole booklet of stuff.”

And with fitness, only half of the battle is in the gym. The other half is in the kitchen.

“My body is like a gift and a curse – I can lose weight quick, but I can gain it back quick,” Sha-ron said.

He tries to keep a clean diet with a week’s worth of meals he prepares on Sunday: chicken breast with vegetables (asparagus, broccoli, spinach) and a starch, such as potatoes or brown rice (so he has carbohydrates to burn). It’s not all strict – on Sundays, Sha-ron gives himself a cheat day where he can eat anything he wants.

The best part about the diet is that it’s easy to stick to.

“I’m not going full vegan, but I did have to make a change,” Sha-ron said. “I live a lifestyle where everything is in moderation. I cut down on carbs – I know the foods that will blow me up.”

Between a good diet and a consistent fitness regimen, Sha-ron has developed a healthy lifestyle and is loving every minute of it. You can even tell from the professional photos that he had taken for his birthday this past November!

Besides just being passionate about exercise and all the aspects that lead to success, he is a great source of knowledge given his long journey. So if you’re in need of some advice or a pep talk, we’re sure Sha-ron would love to give you some words of encouragement!

Sha-ron’s Spartan Circuit Workout

45 sec each
15 sec break between
3 rounds

  1. Kettlebell swings
  2. Pushups
  3. Squats
  4. Ab leg raises
  5. Dumbell clean and shoulder press
  6. Planks
  7. Reverse lunge and curls
  8. Burpees
  9. Ab in and outs
  10. Alternating bent over rows

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